Ricky Martin Vuelve
- Released: March 2, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
Q - 8/02, p.1463 stars out of 5 - "...He sounds keen....'Por Arriba Por Abajo' ia a clattering treat and 'Lola Lola' marks the first appearance of the 'Livin La Vida Loca' tune..."
Vibe - 5/98, p.138"...VUELVE blends rich texture...and tropical polyrhythms...with Ricky's soft tenor and mainstream appeal....A mellifluous set of ditties with just enough flavor to please most any easy listener..."
Personnel includes: Ricky Martin (vocals); Rusty Anderson (acoustic & electric guitars); Peter "Yussi" Wenger, Marcelo Berestovoy, Richard Gomez, Phillipe Bourgues, Joseph Lito Cortes, Ramon Stagnaro (acoustic guitar); Michael Landau (electric guitar); Andy Abaz (tres guitar); Leo Quintero (cuatro); Tony Concepcion (trumpet, coronet, flugelhorn, bell); Luis Aquino (trumpet); Robi Rosa (keyboards, programming, handclaps, background vocals); John Beasley (piano); KC Porter (keyboards, electric piano, Wurlitzer piano, bass, programming); Juan Zambrano (keyboards, programming); Reggie Hamilton, Kari Cameron, Mike Porcaro (bass); Curt Bisquera (drums); Archie Pena, Rafael Solano (percussion); Philip Ingram, Oren Waters (background vocals).
Producers: KC Porter, Robi Rosa, Desmond Child.
Engineers include: Benny Faccone, Rik Pekkonen, Steve Churchyard.
VUELVE won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance.
Australian version includes the bonus track "Maria" (Radio Edit).
So he did time in Menudo, so what? He was young and impressionable. You don't hold New Edition against Bobby Brown, do you? The point is that Ricky Martin is a fully-realized, mature artist who has a lot to offer to the world of Latin music. VUELVE shows the range of Martin's talents, from the propulsive Latin rhythms of "Por Arriba, Por Abajo" and "Lola, Lola" to the Anglicized power balladry of the title track, with plenty of stops in between. Somehow, it all fits together seamlessly. One of the reasons may be the economy of the tunes; Martin likes 'em short and sweet, and nothing on VUELVE sticks around long enough to wear out its welcome.